Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s TV series adaptation of Barbarella just scored a couple of talented scribes to bring the project to fruition. Deadline reports that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who penned five James Bond movies including Skyfall and Casino Royale, have been tapped to write the script for the TV series iteration of the famous character. The show is an adaptation of the 1968 sci-fi movie of the same name starring Jane Fonda, and Refn is currently working with producer Martha De Laurentis on the project. The Drive director will take the helm once the script and casting is completed, but no firm timetable is given for when we should expect Barbarella on the small screen. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for the original in the meantime.
Nicolas Winding Refn is alread reaching back in the history of cinema for a future project with a remake of Logan’s Run in the works with Ryan Gosling attached to star. But now it sounds like the director is reaching further back into the past for a new project, this time for the small screen. Refn is currently working with Martha De Laurentiis, wife of the late great producer Dino De Laurentiis, to turn the classic 1968 sci-fi movie Barbarella starring Jane Fonda into a TV series. The film itself was based on a graphic novel by Jean-Claude Forest and followed a sultry vixen tasked with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand, an evil weapon inventor. So how exactly will the director of Drive be involved? Hit the jump to find out.
Once, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was going to be a collaboration between producer/star Natalie Portman and director David O. Russell (The Fighter). Then, Portman not to star (staying on as producer), and Russell dropped out. Lionsgate hired Mike White (Year of the Dog) to replace Russell, but at this point there are no stars for White to direct.
Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, Mia Wasikowska, Tilda Swinton, and Catherine O’Hara were rumored for roles awhile back. Two more have thrown their name into the hat: Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy. Details after the jump.
Anne Hathaway is attached to star in the remake of Barbarella. Er… “attached.” Consider this a rumor for now, since all we know is based on this tweet from Pajiba:
“A. Hathaway latest “attached” to Barbarella. Project currently is without a director.”
Normally I’d assume the quotation marks are a sign of precise language, but given the struggles of this remake to reach the screen, the punctuation could be a bit more cynical in nature. The project was first attempted back in 2007 by Robert Rodriguez, with Rose McGowan in the starring role. Last we checked (admittedly, over a year ago), Robert Luketic (Killers) was on board to direct from a script by Joe Gazzam. If Pajiba’s tweet is to be believed, Luketic is no longer on the project.
Hit the jump for a synopsis of the 1968 Jane Fonda film, based on the Jean-Claude Forest comic strip.
I understand wanting to make Barbarella again. It’s sexy, it’s in space; what’s not to like? And Hollywood isn’t exactly starving for hot A-list actresses to cast in the title role. It seems like it’s one of those movies that people want to remake so badly that it can’t go anywhere at all. There was an attempt back in 2007 with Robert Rodriguez set to direct and Rose McGowan to star but that fell apart when the studio and Rodriguez couldn’t decide where to shoot (the studio wanted him to shoot on a soundstage and I believe Rodriguez wanted to use his backyard which was made entirely out of green screen).
THR now reports that Joe Gazzam (great name) will write the script with Robert Luketic directing and producer Dino De Laurentiis pushing this project forward with all his might. I wonder if De Laurentiis wakes up in the morning and says “I will remake ‘Barbarella’ even if it kills me!” I really hope he says that.
Last week we told you that Universal and producer Dino De Lauretiis seemed to be going ahead with their remake of “Barbarella” without the aid of director Robert Rodriguez. In case you don’t remember the details let me boil it down for you: Rodriguez had a vision and a set in Germany was not a part of it. There was also a little matter of the “Barbarella” budget so, long story short, Rodriguez bowed out. I’m sure that the eight other projects he has in development will distract him…
Today it seems that the sadly Rodriguez-less remake is one step closer to becoming a reality. EW.com is reporting that Dino De Laurentiis has met with a replacement director for the revamped (emphasis on vamp) “Barbarella”. So who could the producer find that could possibly compete with the man who made “Sin City”? How about the man who made “Monster In-Law” and “Legally Blonde”?
A source that is “close to the project” is quoted as saying that director Robert Luketic is working with De Laurentiis (who owns the rights to the 1968 original starring Jane Fonda) and that the film may be destined for a studio other than Universal.
“It will be a big intergalactic adventure with a sexy twist,” said the source.
This description is totally different from the original “Barbarella”, which was a big, sexy adventure with an intergalactic twist. See why the film needs to be updated? Nope, neither do I. At least with Rodriguez in charge we were sure to get a version of “Barbarella” that paid creative homage to the original. Luketic, by comparison, has more of a PG approach to film making which would seem to be at odds with Barbarella’s mission of achieving as many orgasms as possible.